Actor Mehwish Hayat thinks that misconceptions about the film industry make it harder for actors to speak up and raise their voices about major issues, like harassment.
On the #MeToo movement, she said that she is glad that a debate on the topic has started in Pakistan.
Just because we chose to become actors doesn’t mean we have forgotten our morals, she told SAMAA TV on its programme Naya Din.
“Harassment is everywhere and in every industry,” she said. “I am at a position where people may think 10 times before doing or saying anything [inappropriate]. But, there are so many other women who aren’t as lucky.”
Hayat received a lot of backlash on social media after she was awarded the Tamgha-i-Imtiaz for her contribution to the film industry.
She has starred in many blockbusters such as Punjab Nahi Jaungi, Actor in Law, Load Wedding and Jawani Phir Nahi Ani.
There was a section of people who criticised me, she said. “There were some people who asked what have I done for the country and how many wars have I fought.” They didn’t realize that I am an artiste and I got the civil award for my category, she said. She wants everyone to just accept it and move on.
Social media is important but it can be very lethal and affects everyone, she said. “There are no checks and balances,” she added.
“People don’t realize that the work we do is very difficult.” They just look at the final product which looks very glamorous, said Hayat, who added that people don’t know that a lot of hard work goes into acting. “I have been very lucky that my work got noticed,” she said.
But for all her fame, Hayat is still human and says thing still affect her. People can’t talk about my personal life when they don’t know anything about me, she said.
She will be seen next in Chhalawa. The trailer for it will come out on April 21, she said.
“I play the role of a fearless girl from Punjab,” she said about her character. “She is a go-getter.”
When asked about her dream project, she said that she would love to be a part of an action movie about a woman superhero. “Hollywood has Wonder Woman, we need one too.”
On marriage, she said that she is married to her work. “There is so much I want to do and achieve,” she said. She said she is “self-sufficient” and can financially support herself. But if she does meet someone she wants to marry, he’ll have to be okay with her being independent. An excellent sense of humour wouldn’t hurt either, said Hayat.